Dunedin City Council group manager Kevin Thompson has
become the second senior staff member to resign as the
Citifleet scandal continues to grow.
The decision by Mr Thompson, the council's regulatory
services group manager, was announced in a brief media
statement issued late yesterday afternoon.
It came just days after Mr Thompson's boss, council
infrastructure and networks group manager Tony Avery, opted
to resign last week.
Mr Thompson, contacted last night, would only say: ''It's an
end of a chapter in my life.''
Close colleagues at the council declined to comment.
The Otago Daily Times understands that - unlike Mr
Avery - Mr Thompson was among five council staff involved in
an employment process in recent weeks.
That followed the completion of Deloitte's investigation into
the alleged Citifleet fraud, involving the sale of 152 cars,
and the pocketing of more than $1.5 million in proceeds, over
more than a decade.
DCC chief executive Sue Bidrose said in the statement
Deloitte's findings did not indicate Mr Thompson ''was
involved with, or was implicated in, any alleged fraud''.
However, he was the group manager directly responsible for
overseeing Citifleet, which also reported through Mr Thompson
to Mr Avery.
Dr Bidrose, contacted by the ODT yesterday, would not
say what - if anything - Mr Thompson had done wrong, or
whether his job would have been terminated had he not
''You'd need to talk to Kevin about that. I'm not going to
make any further comment.''
Mr Thompson's resignation would take effect on October 3, but
he was on leave until then.
His move came after the council on August 22 opted to call in
police following the completion of Deloitte's three-month
investigation into the alleged fraud, which Dr Bidrose
described as ''unprecedented'' in the council's history.
Mr Avery responded by opting to resign last week, saying
while he was unaware of the fraud, ''the buck stops with
''It's the right thing to do.''
Mr Thompson's departure would end a council career that began
In February, in an interview with the ODT, he said the
council had 174 vehicles, together worth $2.5 million, but
was looking to rid itself of surplus vehicles to make
Council staff last month clarified the council had 122
vehicles, although the value of the fleet was still ''being